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Kyle Fersner signed up for his high school's teacher cadet program in South Carolina.

Kyle Fersner signed up for his high school's teacher cadet program in South Carolina.

(CNN)Kyle Fersner entered his senior year of high school knowing what he wanted to do for a living -- become a psychiatrist. But earlier this year, a fifth grade boy said something to the 18-year-old that changed his mind. Fersner wants to be a teacher now.

Fersner was observing the boy's class as part of his school's teacher cadet program in South Carolina that he'd joined out of curiosity.

"Hey, you look like a rapper," Fersner recalled the boy saying.

"He said I look like Lil Pump," a popular rapper of Hispanic descent. At the time, Fersner's hair was long and braided, like Lil Pump's.

But that fifth grader's comparison got Fersner thinking about a teaching career.

"In that instant, I knew this is something I can make a difference with," he said. "More than likely he's never had a teacher who looked like me." . . .

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